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James Brown (c. 1762–?)

James Brown, a labourer, was found guilty on 2 March 1785 at Hertford of the theft of a light coloured chestnut mare. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Ceres hulk before embarking on the Alexander for New South Wales in 1787 (arriving January 1788), as part of the First Fleet.

Brown was charged with minor offences in 1788 and 1789. No other records have been found for him. It is likely that he returned to England at the end of his sentence.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 51-52

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c. 1762
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years